First introduced at SC06 as the Exotic Technologies Initiative, the Disruptive Technologies activity will return to SC07. Each year, DT will serve as a forum for examining those technologies that may significantly reshape the world of HPC in the next five to fifteen years, but which are not common in today's systems.
Generally speaking, a disruptive technology is a technological innovation or product that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology or product in the marketplace. Disruptive Technologies will showcase these technologies in two panel sessions and in a competitively-selected exhibit showcase.
This year's showcase will feature quantum computing, optical interconnects, CMOS photonics, carbon nanotube memory, and software for massively-parallel multicore processors.
The two panel sessions will explore the potential for disruptions for each major component of the HPC architecture: processors, memory, interconnects, and storage.